1. SOUNDBITE (English) Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State:
"Thank you all very, very much. You know before I begin, I want to say a few words about the news this morning of suspicious packages being sent to various public figures and a news organization. Many of you, and others across our country, have asked after me and my family and I'm very grateful for that. We are fine thanks, to the men and women of the Secret Service who intercepted the package addressed to us, long before it made its way to our home. Every day we are grateful for their service and commitment and obviously never, never more than today. But it is a troubling time isn't it? And it's a time of deep divisions and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together. We also have to elect candidates who will try to do the same. Who will set goals that will lift up every single Floridian and American. Who will look into the future to understand what are the challenges we have to meet today so that our children and our grandchildren have the quality of life and the opportunities that we hope for them."
Bombs and other suspicious packages targeting Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and CNN were intercepted Wednesday in a rash of attacks aimed at prominent Democrats and a cable news network often criticized by political conservatives.
A similar device was found Monday at the New York compound of liberal billionaire George Soros, a major contributor to Democratic causes.
Hillary Clinton was campaigning for Democrats in Florida and wasn't at the family's suburban New York residence when a suspicious package addressed to her was seized by the Secret Service.
"We are fine thanks, to the men and women of the Secret Service who intercepted the package addressed to us, long before it made its way to our home," Clinton said Wednesday.
Speaking at a fundraising event in Miami for congressional candidate Donna Shalala, Clinton added, "every day we are grateful for their service and commitment and obviously never, never more than today."
Former President Bill Clinton was at the family's Chappaqua, New York, home when the package was intercepted at a Westchester County, N.Y., facility.
That's according to a person familiar with his schedule who spoke on condition of anonymity and wasn't authorized to speak publicly.
The person says the device was screened at the Westchester facility and never reached the Clintons' home.
The Secret Service says the package was identified during routine mail screening procedures and the Clintons weren't at risk of receiving it.
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